Is NC State Football Long Snapper Joe Shimko the Best in the Nation?

NC State long snapper Joe Shimko (91) gets pumped up before a game against Florida State in 2021.

RALEIGH – There’s a reason you might not know Joe Shimko.

His success in NC State Football comes from staying out of the spotlight — staying invisible through perfection. The fact that the average fan doesn’t know his name means he’s doing his job.

This is the life of a longshot.

But Shimko’s efficiency in his position has gradually earned him recognition. In his fourth season with the Wolfpack, Shimko has never been responsible for a bad shot with 174 punts and 180 field goals and extra points.

That’s 354 perfect snaps over three years and 4,050 yards — 15 yards per punt, eight for FGs and XPs — that a football walking out of his hands has streaked clean. That summer, Shimko was the only NC State player to be named on Phil Steele’s 2022 Preseason All-American First Team.

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